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Antiques appraisal event will tell seniors what their treasures are worth

Senior Beat
by Carol Higgins Taylor
Eastern Area Agency on Aging

Look around your home. Do you see things that were handed down for generations or that have convincing family stories attached describing the item as “being worth a fortune?” Maybe you’ve got yard sale bargains that you just have a good feeling about or long-lost items from your attic or basement that have possibilities.

Now is the perfect chance to find out the worth of your treasures. Who knows, maybe those stories are accurate after all and you are sitting on a gold mine.

Gather up your valuables and bring them to Dirigo Pines in Orono for the fourth annual Antique Appraisal Show 10 a.m.-2 pm. Saturday, April 27. All proceeds will benefit Rosscare’s LiveSAFE Fund.

LiveSAFE is an easy, one-button personal emergency response service that provides help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing people to live independently in their own homes, where they are most comfortable.

The fee for appraisal is $10 for one item, $18 for two items and $25 for three items. Featured will be Bruce A. Buxton, a licensed appraiser from Portland, known for his entertaining and lively style. Bruce has 36 years of experience as an expert antique and fine art appraiser.

Do you have Great Grandma’s pearls or your grandmother’s engagement ring? Elizabeth Yates Turner from Damariscotta also will be there to appraise jewelry. Gold is at an all-time high so sift through your jewelry box. You may have hidden treasure.

Turner’s experience includes working as an appraiser in the fine jewelry department at Skinner’s Auction Gallery in Boston. Turner attended the College for Appraisers and is a member of the Gemological Institute of America and the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.

Both appraisers will look carefully at the items and make their determination as to the approximate value. If you have any information about the item, write it down, lest you forget something when it is your turn at the table. This event is appraisal only and no items will be bought or sold, guaranteeing an unbiased assessment of the antiques.

It is always a bonus when your money can do double duty. You’ll get an accurate appraisal of your finest items and Rosscare earns much needed funds for their emergency response button program.

Rosscare actually has a sponsorship program for those seniors who are considered to be low-income, based on the federal poverty guidelines.

“Many of our clients are living only on Social Security,” said Jennifer Maskala, LiveSAFE manager. “Through the Rosscare LiveSAFE Fund, we are able to assist community members who need the help button but are unable to afford the full monthly fee. We can provide them with a reduced rate to help them obtain this valuable life-saving service.”

And this little button is like having a continually alert roommate who can call for help anytime day or night should you get in trouble but one who doesn’t hog the TV remote or leave towels on the floor. These small buttons provide immediate response in an emergency, friendly support and a sense of security, literally at the touch of a button.

“This is a fun event where you will learn the history and value of people’s treasures, while generously donating to the LiveSAFE Fund and helping low income seniors in your community remain safe in their homes,” said Maskala. “LiveSAFE provides personal emergency response service to more than 1,390 elderly and disabled residents in Maine.”

For information about the Antique Appraisal Show, call Steve Bowler, 866-3400, or Rosscare Foundation at 973-5055. And if you are interested in LiveSAFE, call 973-7094, or visit rosscare.org

Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. For information on EAAA, call 941-2865, 800-432-7812 or visit eaaa.org

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